Office of Global Engagement

Telephone: 706-542-2900

Click here for our recently updated FAQ Regarding Immigration Status and Services at UGA

Please note: In order to best serve our students and scholars during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration Services will continue to mail documents through fall semester to reduce in-person office visits. See here for more information.

Determining the correct visa type can be complex. Please contact our office prior to requesting a sponsorship through one of our online forms, to make sure that you are requesting the correct visa type.

In addition to the H-1B temporary worker status, and the J-1 exchange visitor status, there are several other immigration statuses that can be used to bring qualified non-U.S. citizens to UGA for research, teaching, or other work opportunities.

Contact your immigration advisor for more information on these visa categories. You may also request these types of visa sponsorships through our Compass portal:

TN, or "Trade NAFTA"

The TN status is available to Canadian or Mexican nationals working in specific jobs. As part of the USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement), formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, the TN-immigration status was created to allow Canadian and Mexican citizens to gain entry to the U.S. to engage in certain professional activities on a temporary basis. TN status can be a quick and efficient process, if the correct job match is made to the USMCA list. Contact us if you have questions about the TN process.


The E-3 status is similar to the H-1B status, and is available to Australian nationals. It does not generally require an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and so is sometimes faster than the H-1B. It usually does require the employee to apply for and receive the E-3 visa from a U.S. embassy.


The O-1 status is available for people who are considered "outstanding" in their field of research or teaching. It is a difficult standard to achieve, and requires proof of the employee's outstanding ability in several different categories of evidence. Information on the O-1 required categories of evidence can be found here: USCIS O-1 page